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  • Andrés Senra is a multidisciplinary artist who reflects on the construction of identity, the individual in respect of the community. Identity, memory and temporality reflect current aesthetics and behaviour. He rethinks the self and how it is modified and altered by the behaviour of the community. In Amnèsia he reflects on memory and how the relationship between identity and memories is constructed. It leads him to shake off his own self and seek refuge by blending in with the architecture of the city.
  • identity, memory, architecture, blending in, community, individual.
  • Andrés Senra | Amnèsia, 2014

    The initial project of his residency at the Bòlit Contemporary Art Centre, Girona, Spain, consisted of a reflection on memory; how we build it and how it is deconstructed. However, his stay and experiences there led him to make a poetic reflection on identity and its relationship with memory and recollections. A conversation with someone whose memory has been lost due to a HIV-related infection brought the physical body to the forefront of the creative process, interconnecting and merging with the surroundings together with memory and identity itself. Shaking off his own self, becoming anonymous, he seeks refuge by blending in with the architecture of the city.

    Amnèsia, 2014

    HD video

    8’48’’

    Exhibition and creative process

    interview
    biography

    Andrés Senra

    Rio de Janeiro, 1968
    Lives and works in Madrid

    This multidisciplinary artist reflects on the construction of identity in the contemporary world, focusing on the conscience of the individual in respect of the community. He uses the concepts of identity, memory and temporality to reflect current aesthetics and behaviour. He rethinks the perception of self, individual characteristics and how they are modified and altered by the behaviour of the community, conditioned more on a social basis than on a subjective one. This circumstance devalues things and creates a new collective aesthetic in which objects lose their meaning and become consumer products.

    His work can be split into two main categories: one is more intimate and metaphorical yet charged with irony, triggering absurd situations that invite reflection, while the other is more associated with protest, focusing strongly on gender politics, power dynamics and social structures. It should be pointed out that the two categories are not mutually exclusive; projects may interweave or oscillate from one side to the other, since no production is hermetic or immutable.

    His studies in photography, video, lighting, performing arts, sculpture and casting have enabled him to incorporate a wide variety of disciplines in his work: performance art, video, photography, drawing, installations, painting, sculpture or archives.

    He holds a Postgraduate Degree in History of Art from the National University of Distance Learning (UNED) (2005) and is currently undertaking a Degree in Philosophy, also at the UNED (2015).

    Andrés Senra has exhibited his work at the Swinton and Grant Gallery, Madrid, Spain (2015); at the Torre de Ses Puntes Art Centre, Manacor, Spain (2014); in “Relaciones ortográficas en tiempos revueltos”, Terrassa, Spain (2014); in “SpIN Out” with the Storm and Drunk collective, Madrid, Spain (2014); in “Fraud” at the Blanca Soto Gallery, Madrid, Spain (2014); in “Paradís terrenal” at the RDV Gallery, Nantes, France (2014); in “Corrent continu”, at the Bòlit Contemporary Art Centre, Girona, Spain (2014); in “Metrópolis 30 años” at the Canal Foundation, Madrid, Spain (2014); in “Historias de Madrid” at the Matadero Madrid art centre, Madrid, Spain (2014), in “Col·lecció Addaya”, at the Addaya Contemporary Art Centre, Alaró, Spain (2014); in “Kommune” at the Matadero Madrid art centre, Madrid, Spain (2013); in “Mínima resistència” at the MNCARS, Madrid, Spain (2013); in “Requiem für eine bank” at the HMKV, Dortmund, Germany (2013); in “Marke Spanien” at the ECC, Berlin, Germany (2013); in “Vox Populi” at the Espacio Trapézio, Madrid, Spain (2012); and in “Plaza Solución”, Madrid, Spain (2011), among many others.

    He has received several awards and grants, such as a BBVA Foundation Grant for the Creation of Video Art, Madrid, Spain (2015); a MAEC-AECID grant (ART-EX programme), Madrid, Spain (2014); a Goethe-Institut grant, Berlin, Germany (2014); VEGAP funding for visual creation, Madrid, Spain (2013); and the Public Art Award at BetArt, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (2013).

    He has completed artist residencies at the Bòlit Contemporary Art Centre, Girona, Spain (2014), at the MNCARS, Madrid, Spain (2014); at the CRIR project in Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark (2013); and at the Addaya Contemporary Art Centre, Mallorca, Spain (2012).